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Belfast City Hospital new oncology centre – improving cancer care in Northern Ireland

The new £60M Design and Build Cancer Centre for the Belfast City Hospital Trust opened in March 2006. The centre replaces existing facilities at the Belvoir Park Hospital site and will provide patients and their families with a comprehensive range of treatment and support services, from screening and detection, to diagnosis and treatment, through to follow-up care. This paper sets out to describe the structural challenges encountered and the solutions adopted to meet the stringent requirements of the medical specialists and the equipment manufacturers in providing one of the largest cancer care facilities in the United Kingdom. In particular the hospital structure was to be designed to house a Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Suite, Radiology Suite, Simulator Suite, Computer Tomography (CT) Scanning Suite and Radiotherapy Department. Eur. lng. M. L. Manson, CEng, FIStructE, FIEI, MICE, MCIWEM, AIWSc, FConsE Ferguson McIlveen LLP R. D. Nicholl, BEng(Hons), CEng, MIStructE Ferguson McIlveen LLP